Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Industry Spotlight: Logistics
No matter the industry, logistics are what keeps it moving. Supply chain, operations, quality engineering, and inventory control are all a part of making sure goods get from their point of origin to their point of consumption. Thought to have originated from the ancient Greek and Roman military's need to supply itself as it moved around, it is only fitting that veterans are powering this very important job function.
Samantha Holys, a former Army Captain Medical Service Officer and instructor of Medical Logistics, is a great example of how training in military logistics translates into civilian logistics. Now a Corporate Warehouse Supervisor with Best Buy, Holys explains how her military experience helps in her civilian career: “I was very fortunate to have worked in the logistics field for the last several years in the Army. I think it is a great fit for me. I feel like Military Officers encompass many of the skills employers are seeking in today's market, such as leadership and the flexibility to work under difficult and demanding circumstances and still complete the mission.”
And completing the mission is what logistics is really all about—making sure all the moving pieces come together when, where, and how they’re supposed to. With this definition in mind, here are four career fields within logistics in which veterans have found particular success:
Supply Chain Analysis
Veterans have experience moving people, fuel, and materiel over long distances under difficult conditions. Mission-oriented, veterans are able to evaluate multiple variables in constantly changing conditions to get the right amounts of what they need where they need it. Additionally, JMOs have experience with inventory and supply databases, technology, and software systems.
No two days are the same in the military, and veterans understand how to lead while staying flexible to get the job done. Veterans have experience building and leading diverse teams and dealing with different groups of people. Whether biggest customer or hourly laborer, they maintain respect for each individual. And the military’s as a dedication to safety translates into a safe civilian workplace environment. From the loading dock, to the warehouse, to the pier, veterans are the prime movers getting the job done with the highest production and lowest possible cost.
Quality Engineering and Improvement
During the mid to late 90s, companies became increasingly aware of the relationship between quality, waste, cost, and efficiency. Veterans were brought in to help improve and influence change in the logistics trains of many companies. This occurred through quality initiative programs that included six sigma programs or upgrading technology and machinery. Veterans are often the change agents companies seek.
Inventory Control Management
From MREs to missiles, the military has a constant need for inventory control. Veterans have experience in maintaining inventory control with the latest computer systems and technology. From tracking cargo across oceans, to maintaining an orderly warehouse, they are trained to do things right the first time and know how to take care of their customers.
With 100+ different military occupational specialties (MOS) across all branches related to logistics, veterans may see a direct correlation between a Marine Corps Logistics Officer, a Senior Army Noncommissioned Logistician, or an Air Force Logistics Readiness Officer, and civlian logistics positions. But they should also consider the logistics inherent in many, many other MOSs. Indeed, officers and enlisted alike are poised to make an impact on the logistics of industries ranging from construction to manufacturing to retail.
David Dawson, Candidate Recruiter, San Diego
David Dawson is a native of Dallas, TX, and went to the Naval Academy prep school in 2005. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 2010 with a degree in English and also played varsity football. Commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer and stationed in San Diego with MCM Crew Conflict, David served as the Combat information Center Officer and 1st Lieutenant completing two deployments to Bahrain onboard the USS Pioneer and USS Ardent.
David comes from a wonderful family of four. His mother served in the Philippines as a medic for the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and his Grandfather served during WWII in the Army.
If you could give just one piece of career advice to a transitioning military professional, what would it be?
Be reasonable, realistic, and respectful in your quest to find employment as you transition.
What do you like most about working at Orion?
Orion really does have a great group of people working out of the San Diego office! Working with the lead recruiters Tim Duba and Sean Crittenden has been an absolute pleasure. They have been incredibly helpful and have given me plenty of wisdom in helping me do my job to the best of my ability. Its also nice not to have to walk up the brow of a ship early in the morning and eat Navy chow. Not having duty is VERY nice, as well!
Please share one interesting fact about yourself that you would like candidates to know.
I enjoy writing stage plays as a hobby.
Connect with David:
Phone: 888-756-7466 ext. 231
National Distinguished Candidate Conference - September 9 - 10 in Baltimore, MD
Are you preparing to exit the military and begin a civilian career? Do you think that your education, background, and military career distinguish you from your peers?
If so, you may be a candidate for Orion’s National Distinguished Candidate Conference (DCC) in Baltimore, MD, on September 9 & 10. There will be positions available nationwide, with a focus on Engineering, Sales, Leadership Development, and Operations Management.
Orion carefully selects candidates for our DCCs that exemplify the best Orion has to offer our client companies. We work hard to assemble a select group of the top JMOs from around the country.
Our distinguished candidates include:
• Graduates of Military Service Academies or Top Universities with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
• Those with a masters degree or other advanced education; and
• Those that have consistently ranked above their peers in Officer Evaluations.
Additionally, you should be available to start working within the next four months and be geographically flexible.
Dustin Walker, a former Navy Lieutenant who found his career through a DCC in March 2013, explains why he feels the event was such a success: “I truly enjoyed the Distinguished Candidate Conference in Houston, TX. It was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to interview with multiple Fortune 500 companies located throughout the nation. I received onsite second interviews with the majority of the companies with whom I interviewed.
The Orion International team was very professional and prepared me well for my success at the event. I am greatly appreciative of Orion's hard work and dedication to each candidate and the event. Thank you, Orion, for helping me establish my career outside the military. The hard work your company does truly changes people's lives for the better.”
What do other candidates have to say about the caliber of our DCCs? Read on...
“I participated in two DCCs with Orion and interviewed with about 15 companies—pretty darn amazing for two days out of my life!”
“The Distinguished Candidate Conference I attended in Dallas was an excellent opportunity to interview with the people who would eventually be my managers. I got to do five interviews in one day!"
“When I turned to Orion, I realized that their reputation stands tall amongst the corporate sector. It was evident from the multiple high caliber companies that came to the Distinguished Candidate Conferences I attended in Baltimore and Chicago. I hope that other quality officers will see the benefits of working with a stellar placement firm like Orion.”
Orion only holds a few DCCs each year. The next 2013 DCC will be held in San Diego, CA, on September 30 - October 1. If you would like to be considered for one of the upcoming Orion DCCs, please click here.
Orion’s Military Officer Transition Program & Upcoming Webinars
Whether you have two years or two weeks before you transition from Active Duty, there are many steps you can take prior to your separation date that will position you for success as you transition into the civilian workforce. Our Military Officer Transition Program is designed to put your preparation "things to do list" into a logical sequence that you can complete as you approach your separation. Our goal is to minimize the stress you may have about changing careers by giving you all the tools you need to be 100% ready to interview before you enter into the 90-day window leading up to your terminal leave.
You will receive a monthly email from us guiding you to a suggested webinar, reading, or activity for that month. These emails will be sent based on your Earliest Start Date in our records. If your timeline changes, be sure to let us know so we can update our records! Update your Earliest Start Date and other contact information by logging in here.
All of the training materials included in the program are organized and accessible on our Military Officer Transition Program webpage. To get started, please visit and review our Transition Program Timeline, and note where you fall in our suggested timeline.
In addition, we’d like to invite you to register for our upcoming webinars:
Career Transition Seminar
This webinar is designed to be one of your very first steps in preparing for your transition into the civilian workplace. Learn about current job market conditions, and the industries and positions in which transitioning Military Officers typically excel. Get tips and advice about your transition, steps you can take to make yourself most marketable, and the best timeline for finding your civilian career.
September 17, 2013
12:00 pm EDT - Register Now
Resume Writing Seminar
This webinar will cover all the basics of resume writing – why a resume is so important, what you should and shouldn’t include, how to write a resume that is easily understood by a civilian hiring manager, and much more.
September 18, 2013
12:00 pm EDT – Register Now
Interview Preparation Seminar
This webinar will cover all the basics of Interview Preparation – how and what you should prepare, do’s and don’ts during any interview, practical assignments to help guide you, and much more.
September 12, 2013
12:00 pm EDT - Register Now
Space is limited, so sign up today!
Please do not hesitate to call or email your recruiter at any time if you have questions or concerns about your transition. We are here to assist you in any way possible.
Job Seeker Success Story
Camilla Lawson, Safety Manager, PCC Special Metals
Campbell University, 2000; Central Michigan University, 2013
My plans of retiring in 2014 were abruptly changed in January 2013 when I was notified that my unit was being disbanded. I had seven months left to retirement, and I had done nothing to prepare for it. A colleague had mentioned Orion, and I decided to check out the website. I signed up and read through the material available. I submitted my resume and reserved a seat for a hiring conference in April.
This was an excellent experience, as it allowed me to practice interview skills and get pointers on everything from resumes to wardrobe choices. I did four interviews during the conference and then two follow-up interviews for one company. As I was not available to start working immediately, this opportunity did not work out. However, knowing I was the company’s top choice increased my confidence and validated my skills and experience.
As my terminal leave date drew nearer, I had to put my job search on the back burner. I was extremely busy with work turn-over, the transition seminar, and retirement physical. But Orion kept working for me; and, two weeks later, I received a call from Todd Phillips, who said he had a couple of job openings I might be interested in. Two days later, I did a phone interview with PCC Special Metals and the following week, I traveled to West Virginia with four other candidates for more interviews and a tour of the plant.
Orion staff was also there, which made me feel that they were really looking out for us and working to make sure we had everything we needed to be successful. The interviews lasted three hours and were exhausting. As a First Sergeant with over 20 years in the Marine Corps, I was confident of my leadership skills and experience. I also have a Bachelor degree and I am finishing my Master’s degree this year.
The job openings were in production and maintenance, but, during the interviews, I noticed that they were picking up on my background in occupational safety. I had safety as a collateral billet for the last nine years in the Marine Corps, and it is a job I thoroughly enjoy. Over the next several days, I did follow-up phone interviews. Throughout the process, Todd debriefed me after each interview and kept me updated on what was going on. At the end of May, I received the job offer from PCC Special Metals, and I am now working as a Safety Manager at their West Virginia plant.
My safety training from the Marine Corps has transferred seamlessly to my new job. Since OSHA requirements are universal, I already have a solid base of knowledge, and I am able to focus on learning specifics about the metal industry. I am also an experienced curriculum developer and instructor. This is invaluable as I began running employee training sessions on my third day.
My transition from active duty Marine to retirement was completely stress-free. Thanks to Orion and especially Todd, I had a great job waiting for me as soon as I started my terminal leave.
Sales Careers with Nalco
Orion is currently recruiting veterans with an interest in sales for careers with Nalco, the world's leading water treatment and process improvement company. Headquartered in Naperville, IL, Nalco has manufacturing facilities, technical centers, and offices throughout the world meaning Nalco employees have access to job opportunities with global mobility. Nalco has a number of openings across the country, so candidates should be geographically flexible.
As a sales representative, you will perform both in a sales role and as a technical consultant regarding the use of Nalco Products. Depending on the Industry segment you are working in, you will travel to client sites and interface with Plant Managers, Facility Engineers, Plant Chemists, etc.
Salary: Total compensation is $80,000+, plus company car and benefits in first year.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Technical experience/aptitude
- Strong desire to be in sales
- Strong leadership and relationship building skills
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, and problem solving skills
- Able to start a new career by 12/1/2013
- Geographically flexible
Interviews will be held at the Nalco Special Invitation Military Recruiting Conference being held September 18 & 19 at Nalco’s corporate HQ in Naperville, IL.
Click here to learn more and apply.
Engineering and Sales Careers with Michelin
We are currently recruiting for Engineer and Sales positions for Michelin. Michelin is proud to provide great civilian jobs for military officers.
At Michelin, an Industrial engineering job is one of our top entry level jobs for former military officers. The Industrial Engineer regularly studies, analyzes, presents and implements agreed upon recommendations. Project work includes analysis in machine capacity, material flow, expansion needs, manpower planning, and productivity and efficiency improvements. The Industrial Engineer also develops and utilizes classical Industrial Engineering techniques, administrative responsibilities, and project facilitation after an in-depth 6 month training program.
Territory Sales Manager
The Territory Sales Manager is part of the national sales force of Michelin North America, Inc and serves as the main Michelin representative for dealer and end user accounts in an assigned geographic territory.
Area Sales Manager
The Area Sales Manager is responsible for effectively representing Michelin and for increasing sales of Passenger and Light Truck tires with assigned Customers in support of distribution strategy.
Business Unit Leader
The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages day-to-day priorities of processes and direct reports, ensuring production and quality goals are met per the plant business plan. The Business Unit Leader establishes and manages the cost control budget for area equipment, and provides team communication on company, plant, and department business plan objectives and performance. Also, the Business Unit Leader schedules employee training, monitors employee performance, provides guidance, and appraises and counsels individual employees to further develop their interpersonal skills and improve performance.
Careers with ConocoPhillips
Orion International is currently recruiting for multiple career opportunities with ConocoPhillips, one of the world’s largest independent Exploration and Production companies based on proved reserves and production of liquids and natural gas. With over 17,000 employees worldwide ConocoPhillips is active in almost 30 countries.
We are currently recruiting for these positions:
- Drilling Engineer in Houston, TX (Click here to learn more about this position.)
- Network Analyst in Houston, TX (Click here to learn more about this position.)
- Completions Engineer in Houston, TX (Click here to learn more about this position.)
Click here to learn more or apply.
Careers with The Hershey Company
Engineering & Operations Management Positions with Honeywell
Orion is currently recruiting for a number of operations management positions with Honeywell. This is your chance to begin your career with an outstanding company, named on the Fortune 100. Positions include:
Nationwide Operations Management Positions (Click here to learn more about these positions.)
- Global and Materials Planners
- Procurement/Sourcing/Commodity Directors
- Inventory Leaders
- Integrated Supply Chain Supervisors
- Production Planners
- Site Supply Specialists
- Materials Managers
- Advanced Manufacturing Engineer in Phoenix, AZ.
Click here to apply or learn more.
Medical Device Sales Career Opportunity with Medtronic
Orion is currently recruiting for an outstanding career opportunity in Medical Device Sales, as a Sales Development Program Representative with Medtronic. Medtronic Spine and Biologics has created a development program to train and educate future sales professionals. The objective of the program is to take talented professionals with minimal to no sales experience, and through an intensive immersion program, prepare them to become successful Spine Sales Representatives. This is a premiere position in Medical Device Sales, with unlimited earning potential following your training program.
Want to learn more about this position from a veteran’s point of view? Check out our profile of Brian Schulz, who found a career with Medtronic through Orion in 2007.
- The program is 18 months in duration. In the first 4-6 months of the program, you will learn the foundational concepts of Spine and Biologics Sales, gain exposure to business functions, assist with sales and surgeon training labs, and provide other sales support.
- In Phase 2, approximately 12-14 months, you will spend time in the field with a mentor/trainer, interact with customers, and learning, observing and performing the day-to-day activities of a Commissioned Spine Representative. At the end of the program you will be eligible for opportunities as a Commissioned Spine Representative.
- The program begins in mid-July 2013 in Memphis, TN.
Salary and Benefits
- The base salary of a Sales Education Representative is $70,000, plus between $5,000 - $20,000 in bonuses.
- Once you become a Spine Representative, you can expect a salary of approximately $150K in your first year, with rapid growth. It is not uncommon to make $300K+ in your 2nd year as a Spine Representative.
- You will receive a comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; pension plan and 401(k); short term disability; discounted stock purchase plan; tuition reimbursement, and more.
- Top transitioning or recently transitioned Junior Military Officer
- Bachelors degree in technical, science, or engineering field
- Passion for entering the highly competitive industry of Medical Device Sales
- Technical aptitude is important because you will be learning very complex procedures and pieces of equipment
- Top notch communication skills and be able to communicate and instruct effectively
- Strong work ethic and organization and prioritization skills
- Willingness to travel. In Phase I of the training program you will travel 50%, and in Phase II you will travel 90%. You will not be required to relocate throughout the training program, but will likely need to relocate when you get your first territory after completing the program.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance policy.
- Must be able to begin training in mid-July in Memphis, TN.
Click here to learn more or apply.
Engineering Careers with Whirlpool
Orion is currently recruiting for a number of Engineering positions with Whirlpool, a leading household appliance manufacturer. This is your chance to begin your civilian career with a globally recognized company in the manufacturing industry.
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Environmental Engineer
- Utilities Engineer
- Assembly Engineer
- Project Engineer – Strategic Planning
- Project Engineer – Quality
Locations: Clyde, Marion, and Findlay, Ohio.
Click here to learn more about these positions or to apply.
Careers with PCC Forged Products
Orion is currently recruiting for PCC Forged Products. Under its Forged Products division, PCC is the world-leading producer of complex forgings and high-performance nickel-based alloys and super alloys for aerospace, power generation, and general industrial applications.
- Maintenance Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Operations Supervisor (Click here for more info.)
- Maintenance Engineer (Click here for more info.)
We are currently recruiting for positions in these locations:
- Houston, TX
- Grafton, MA
- Monroe, NC
- Huntington, WV
- Los Angeles, CA
To learn more, please click here.
Career Opportunities within Orion
San Diego Officers – Attend One of Orion's Weekly Individual Career Prep Sessions
Throughout August and September, David Dawson, an Orion Officer Recruiter and former Navy Officer, will be conducting one-on-one Career Prep Sessions at our San Diego office. No matter how far in advance your separation from the military may be, it's never too early to begin planning for your transition!
Individual Career Prep Sessions - (45 minute sessions)
Time: 2:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Dates: Every Wednesday throughout August – September
Orion San Diego Office
9665 Chesapeake Drive, Suite 450
San Diego, CA 92123
Meet with David Dawson who will evaluate your marketability, assist you in outlining your career options, offer resume advice, and give invaluable information to begin planning the path to your next career.
These personal consultation sessions are free of charge to all military professionals considering transitioning.
Register now to reserve your preferred date and David will follow up with you shortly to confirm your registration and schedule a specific time to meet with you.
Upcoming Hiring Conferences
Baltimore, MD DCC
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